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Constitutional Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Constitutional Law Writing Seminar

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Jan G. Laitos

Constitutional Law
Environmental and Natural Resources Law

John A Carver, Jr. Professor of Law

B.A., 1968, Yale University
J.D., 1971, University of Colorado
S.J.D., 1975, University of Wisconsin

Jan Laitos holds the John A. Carver Jr. Chair at the Sturm College of Law. He is a Reporter for the Planning and Environmental Law Review (published by the American Planning Association); a regional board member of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute; and since 1981 a Trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.

He was Vice Chair of the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission. He was also the Director of the nationally ranked Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at the University of Denver Law School from 1981 until 2004. In 1996, he was given the University of Denver’s distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2005, he was selected a “DU Law Star.” Prior to joining the faculty at the Law school, he was the law clerk to the Chief Justice for the Colorado Supreme Court, and an attorney with the Office of Legal Counsel within the United States Department of Justice.

He is the author of several books and treatises, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, West Academic, Foundation Press, Aspen, Duke University Press, and Bradford Press.

He has worked as a consultant on several cases decided by the 9th Circuit Court of Federal appeals, the Montana Supreme Court, the Nevada Supreme Court, the Idaho Supreme court, and the Colorado Supreme Court, and on several cert. petitions before the United States Supreme Court.

He has lectured at Austral University Law School in Buenos Aires, Argentina, at the European Network For Housing Research Institute in Istanbul, Turkey, at the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, the National University of Ireland at Galway, Ireland, the University of Oslo, Norway, the University of Tarragona, Spain, and the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Featured Publications

  • Zombie Subdivisions in America and Ghost Developments in Europe: Lessons for Local Governments, 4 Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy 314 (2015).
  • Hornbook on Natural Resources Law (West Academic 2015) (with Zellmer).
  • The Problem of Amenity Migrants in North America and Europe, 45 The Urban Lawyer (2014).
  • Why Environmental Laws Fail, 39 Environmental Law and Policy Review (2014).
  • Abandoned and Unfinished Properties in America and Europe: Comparative Strategies for Removal and Prevention, 91 Denver U.L.REV. Online 65 (2014).